SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The University of California is planning to return to in-person instruction in fall 2021.

A statement Monday from the UC president’s office said that, while COVID vaccines will soon become available to faculty, staff, and students, UC was remaining vigilant in critical prevention efforts.

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“As the University continues to monitor the evolution of the pandemic, we are also carefully planning a safe return to in-person classes,” said President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “Current forecasts give us hope that in the fall our students can enjoy a more normal on-campus experience.”

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President Drake said he arrived at the decision to return after consulting with the 10 UC chancellors.

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Specific plans to resume classes in the fall, along with safety measures and starting dates, will be announced by individual UC campuses.